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Sunny Day Real Estate

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Seattle, United States (1992 – 1995, 1997 – 2000, 2009 – 2013)

Sunny Day Real Estate were an American emo band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1992. The band helped bring the emo subgenre from an underground musical phenomenon to a wider audience. The band’s lineup is Jeremy Enigk (vocals, guitars), Dan Hoerner (guitar), Nate Mendel (bass) and William Goldsmith (drums).

The core of Sunny Day Real Estate formed in 1992, originally under the name Empty Set. Empty Set consisted of Dan Hoerner (guitar, vocals), Nate Mendel (bass), and William Goldsmith (drums). A 7-inch called Flatland Spider was released. Mendel took a break to tour with another band, Hoerner took over the bass, and the group was joined by Jeremy Enigk, a high school friend of Goldsmith. Before long, Enigk ascended as the permanent frontman of the band. Where Hoerner’s vocal style had been in the rougher, vein, Enigk’s higher-pitched, somewhat strained vocal style added greater emotional depth to the band’s songs. Another 7-inch, Thief, Steal Me a Peach in 1993.

The band’s debut album, Diary, released by indie label Sub Pop in 1994, was greeted with numerous positive reviews. That September, the band performed lead single “Seven” on an episode of The Jon Stewart Show. A few days later, they taped several songs for MTV’s 120 Minutes. Through November and December, the band undertook a US tour with Shudder To Think and Soul Coughing in support of the album.

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